Most depressed people have habits of behaviour, including thought patterns, that depress them. Its a habit, its a way of being, its something you can change!
Being depressed often involves thinking what is the worst that can happen, “What if that”, “What if this”. When this is thought of long and hard these thought patterns can become our living and waking reality. With enough practice this leads to lethargy and the attitude of nothing matters or why bother AKA Depressed.
Depression does not happen overnight, it takes time and practice and some pretty shitty circumstances to become a reality. It takes time and repeated exposure.
Some research shows that phobic and even depressive thoughts begin in one half of the brain hemispheres, but not both. This suggests a neurological neuro-physical solution.
If you were to start the day thinking “How bad can it be“, unsurprisingly a human brain will ‘go looking’ for evidence of how bad it can be. One the other hand if you are one of those terminally happy people who go around thinking how good the world is then the world can seem like a very rosy place to live.
Our brains are the most sophisticated and complex structures on this planet, possibly in this universe and they do not come with a user manual or operational set of guide lines. The old adage of self fulfilling prophesy is all too true. If you think ( in words or pictures ) that you will have a great life you probably will. On the other hand if you think you wont … open up Tartatus and a place of woe.
What the mind thinks tends to be realised. And this is all too true for depressive thoughts. One of the neurological ways that anyone with problematic thoughts, like depression, can go about changing how they feel is to do something physical. And something physical that involves both brain hemispheres. I have never met any depressed joggers or runners yet running is not everyone’s cup of tea. Look for alternatives.
One of the most effective self help activities that anyone who is experiencing depression, sadness or emotional pain that I know of is to learn how to juggle. This is a physical activity as well as a metaphor for life. I regularly insist that any of my clients who feel depressed learn how to do.
In just 15 minutes per day over one week anyone can very literally turn their life around by juggling. Why?
Juggling or learning to juggle ( something that honestly takes about an hour ) must involve both brain hemispheres. There is co-ordination with the hands, eyes and by nature this involves both hemispheres being used to co-ordinate an ongoing activity. Similar to running, swimming or Brain Gym exercises this is probable one of the easiest and by far most effective ways to change how you feel.
The real trick is finding the motivation to do this on a regular basis, but … once you start juggling is addictive, in a good way.
Change your mood, change your thought patterns, learn to juggle [ life ].
Warning Juggling can be very addictive coz it makes you feel good.